In point of fact the fun of riding Duval and surrounding streets is somewhat limited. The parking question explains some of the appeal, as parking is free and is usually easy enough to find for a two wheeler.
But the stop and go nature of traffic and the crowds of pedestrians stepping off sidewalks at random make downtown less appealing to ride.
Key West is noticeably hotter than surrounding islands and I notice the heat increase when I am riding my motorcycle into town which makes protective gear problematic this time of over heated year.
Florida law does not require adults over 21 with medical insurance to ride with helmets and many take advantage of the law. I'd rather have a national health care plan and a helmet law like Canada but from time to time I too will ride around town helmet-less, and enjoy it.
Cycling is a good way to go too, and cyclists get away with a little bit of lane splitting which is not allowed for powered two wheelers. That would get more people riding if they could filter to the front of traffic, but such progress will never happen in Florida. So we take what breaks we can get and are glad it doesn't snow down here.
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